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The Beautiful State Of Florida

Whether you are looking for a wonderful place to live, or would like to plan your next vacation, Florida is a great place to spend time. The fact that the state is hundreds of miles long gives you a great deal of variety when it comes to the temperature during the various months as well as the landscapes that you can enjoy. It is only of those states that you can visit year after year and never get bored of it.

If you are a big fan of beaches, shopping and hot weather then the Miami area is likely the place for you. There are many shopping centers that offer a wide variety of products in every price range. The beaches stretch for miles and miles of uninterrupted sandy coasts. Whether you visit during the summer or winter you can enjoy the ocean as it is pretty much summer there year round.

If you are looking for a great destination to enjoy with the kids then Disney World in Orlando is a great option. There you will find endless amusement for the kids, from amusement rides to shows and characters everywhere you turn. There are even special things for the adults to do, such as fine dining and musicals. No matter what your age Disney World is a great experience for everyone that gets the opportunity to visit.

One thing that Florida has to offer is the amazing weather. In the southern areas it feels like summer year round, while further north can be a little cooler during the winter. No matter what your personal preference there is something that can appeal to anyone. Just take some time to learn more about the different regions. The more you learn the sooner it will be that you will be looking to return on yet another trip.

Florida, Texas Lose 135,000 Jobs, But Are Set for a Rally

Florida and Texas are likely to see jobs numbers rebound amid reconstruction efforts following recent hurricanes. A crane damaged by Hurricane Irma in Florida is pictured on a building under construction.

Previously, Florida had been adding about 19,000 jobs a month since January, while Texas added about 24,000 jobs a month since the beginning of 2017. Those states, along with the surrounding regions, are likely to see those numbers rebound in the coming months, as construction workers and temporary openings flood the South.

“The rebound will certainly happen by the end of the year and [maybe] in the next few weeks,” said Janelle Jones, an analyst at the Economic Policy Institute. “People are already doing [temporary] and holiday hiring. It’s good for these workers who need jobs immediately, and there are a lot of hours to be had.”

Indeed, the reconstruction boost to jobs and the economy is in its beginning phase in the South. The Federal Reserve of Dallas said car sales have surged in response to the loss of storm-damaged vehicles in Texas, and the Federal Reserve of Richmond said it has already seen retail sales pick up, partially because of construction materials purchased for rebuilding, and employers in the district anticipate an increase in openings.

Still, any hurricane-induced economic malaise or subsequent rebound is likely to be short-lived. Forecasts for GDP, unemployment, inflation and other major economic indicators remain unchanged for 2018 overall, according to the survey of 56 business, financial and academic economists from Sept. 1 to Sept. 5.

Despite September’s jobs decline in Florida and Texas, the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 4.2% in September, though the U.S. economy shed 33,000 jobs the same month. That job-loss likely reflected hurricane-related disruptions more than any change in underlying labor-market conditions that have been tightening in recent years.

As expected, the storms affected broad swaths of the economy, depressing manufacturing in August and dampening home sales that were already slowing. Hurricane Irma had a particularly pronounced impact on Florida’s tourism industry.


Hurricane-Battered U.S. Shed 33,000 Jobs in September (Oct. 6)

Consumer Confidence Fell Only Slightly After Hurricanes (Sept. 26)

Texas Towns Crushed by Hurricane Harvey Struggle to Clean Up and Rebuild (Sept. 29)

Hurricane Irma’s Major Economic Toll on Florida Takes Shape (Sept. 14)

How Hurricane Harvey Will Ripple Through the U.S. Economy (Sept. 7)

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Washington at Tampa Bay

TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning, already tested plenty on defense while allowing eight goals in splitting two games with the Florida Panthers, have a much bigger challenge ahead Monday night at Amalie Arena.

The Washington Capitals (2-0-0) come to town, led by star Alex Ovechkin, who has scored seven goals in the team’s first two games. Ovechkin registered hat tricks against the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators.

No other player in the league notched more than four goals in the first week of the season, and Ovechkin has scored more goals than 21 NHL teams.

"Ultimately, in this league, if you want to be a playoff team, you can’t be giving up four goals a night, and that’s what we’re doing right now," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after Tampa Bay’s loss to the Panthers on Saturday.

"If it wasn’t for the heroic play of our goaltending, it could have been worse. Learn from this, and if players want to continue to play the way they want to play, it’s going to be tough for us."

The Lightning (1-1-0) are carrying eight defensemen to open the season, which means two are inactive each night as they figure out the best combinations. Andrej Sustr and Jake Dotchin are both minus-2 after two games, Anton Stralman, who is plus-3, ranks second behind All-Star Victor Hedman in ice time.

Tampa Bay scored eight goals in its first two games, getting two goals each from Brayden Point, Vladislav Namestnikov, Nikita Kucherov and Ondrej Palat. Star Steven Stamkos is still seeking his first goal of the season, though he has three assists.

"They definitely would be the favorite for me in the other division," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Sunday of the Lightning. "They had a horrible season in terms of injuries and never could pile up a long winning streak until really the end, and it was a little too late.

"I think they’re a hell of a hockey team. They’ve got skill on all their lines, an all-world defenseman on the back end. They have good goaltending, they have speed, they have skill, a lot of good elements."

In addition to the offense Washington is receiving from Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov has seven assists and is at plus-6 in a promising start.

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has a 2.40 goals-against average and is averaging 33 saves per game.

Perhaps the Lightning can catch the Capitals looking ahead to their Wednesday game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a rematch of last year’s seven-game, second-round series that ended Washington’s season.

"A quality opponent brings the best out of you," Trotz said. "I think playing those top teams, it definitely helps your game, no question."

Cooper said the Lightning were fortunate to get two points out of their split with the Panthers. According to the coach, Tampa Bay must play better, especially on the defensive end, to live up to its expectations.

"We know our recipe for success," he said. "It works for us in spurts. We just have to do it consistently, and we just didn’t do that (Saturday)."

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Police hunt person of interest in Florida nanny disappearance

An unidentified person of interest, left, was seen using an ATM card belonging to missing nanny Jennifer Fulford, right.

(Winter Park Police)

Authorities in Florida said Saturday they have found "valuable evidence" from the car of a woman who vanished earlier this week.

Jennifer Lynn Fulford, 56, was last seen leaving a Winter Park dental office Wednesday morning. Her husband, Robert, wrote on Facebook that his wife’s purse was found on the floor of a house where she worked as nanny. Fulford’s employer called police when she failed to pick up his child as scheduled.

On Thursday, police recovered Fulford’s Hyundai SUV and released surveillance video of a man using her ATM card. Orlando Crimeline is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads police to the man.

"We have a lot of leads," Winter Park Police Chief Michael Deal told Fox 35 Orlando. "We are doing canvases of neighborhoods and businesses looking for information, leads, video."

Robert Fulford described his wife as a "very trusting and caring person, and I feel like someone took advantage of that."

"It’s unbelievable that something like that could happen to someone that just exhibits joy all the time," he added.

Anyone with information about Fulford’s case is asked to contact Winter Park Police Detective Paul Foster at 407-599-3274 or Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS (8477).

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